ALZ Companions Program

Are you caring for someone with dementia? Do you need a break?

The ALZ Companions respite program may be a great fit for your family!

Specially trained Companion Volunteers can provide companionship, socialization and supervision for the person with dementia, allowing family members the opportunity to take a much-needed break.

Companionship ■ Socialization ■ Supervision

You are eligible for the ALZ Companion Program if:

  • You are caring for a spouse or family member diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.
  • You are living in a private home in San Diego County (not a residential care community or facility).
  • The person with dementia will not require hands-on assistance with personal care or ambulation during the respite visit.

Common Concerns:

“We’re not ready for a respite program yet.”

The ALZ Companions Program is ideal for families in all stage of dementia, particularly the early and middle stages. Research shows that people who are regularly engaged in social interaction may have increased quality of life and maintain their brain vitality longer. Starting early also allows the family an opportunity to build a relationship and establish a routine with their Companion Volunteer, which can be helpful for the future.

“My husband doesn’t want to participate. He says he doesn’t need a babysitter.”

The ALZ Companions Program works with you to introduce the volunteer in the most natural and fitting way for your family. For example, Companion Volunteers have been introduced as helpers for crafts and other projects around the house.

“I don’t think I need respite.”

As a caregiver, you may find yourself with so many responsibilities that you neglect taking good care of yourself. But the best thing you can do for the person you are caring for is to stay physically and emotionally strong. Taking a break from the daily challenges of providing care can be beneficial for physical, mental and emotional health.

If you are interested in learning more about ALZ Companions, please call 858-492-4400